New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, Aug. 10, that he would not support an independent investigation into the high rate of deaths from the CCP Virus in nursing homes.
According to the Daily Wire, a reporter said, “State lawmakers today are investigating COVID-19 [the CCP Virus] in nursing homes; there was some criticism for New York state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker for not appearing before the panel. There’s been a lot of back-and-forth about whether you have characterized some of these inquiries as partisan-based.”
“Would you support an independent investigation in order to bridge some of this mutual suspicion about partisanship getting into a better public understanding of what exactly happened in group home facilities and nursing homes?” he asked.
To which Cuomo responded, “No, I wouldn’t do an investigation whether or not it’s political, everybody can make that decision for themselves,” Cuomo answered. “I think you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political. Just look at where it comes from and look at the sources and look at their political affiliations and look at who wrote the letter in Congress and look at what publications raise it and what media outward networks raise it. It’s kind of incredible.”
Cuomo’s response led the journalist to inquire whether he would then be able to get an expert who was not politically influenced, thus suggesting that Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike would rely on an investigation of what happened in nursing homes.
But Cuomo noted, “Yeah, there is no such thing as a person who is trusted by all Democrats and Republicans. That person doesn’t exist.”
The Huffington Post pointed out, “New York’s coronavirus [CCP Virus] death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount.”
More than 6,200 elderly residents in New York City have reportedly died in nursing homes, according to statistics provided by the New York City Department of Health.
According to a March 25 advisory issued by the New York City Department of Health, nursing homes were required to accept residents returning from hospitals, whether or not they had a CCP Virus diagnosis. “During this global health emergency, all NHs must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs.”
“Residents are deemed appropriate for return to a NH upon a determination by the hospital physician or designee that the resident is medically stable for return. Hospital discharge planners must confirm to the NH, by telephone, that the resident is medically stable for discharge. Comprehensive discharge instructions must be provided by the hospital prior to the transport of a resident to the NH,” the health care provider noted.
“At least 4,813 residents with confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 have died at 351 of New York’s 613 nursing homes since March 1,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s new list, Cuomo announced, as reported by The Daily Wire.